The tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida is a devastating reminder of the importance of school safety. If you haven’t yet, please read the message sent Thursday from our Security Services Director, George Weatheroy . It speaks to the ways we ensure safe learning environments throughout Portland Public Schools.
Knowing that some students struggle with mental health, issues related to trauma, and ways to manage anger reminds me that relationships are the most important tool we have in keeping our school safe. Our relationships begin simply with knowing a person’s name, and continue on in all the things we know about an individual based on shared feelings and experiences. Teaching is all about those elements, and to that end we are the most important players in the safety of Forest Park Elementary. I'd like to take a moment and talk about the ways we keep FPE safe so that our families know we work together for community safety.
Portland Fire and Rescue attended our monthly FPE Safety Committee meeting. We heard from Station #27’s (Skyline) finest about the ways they plan for emergency response. In particular, they took pictures of our campus, corridors, hallways and stairwells as well as heard about our response if an active shooter were on campus or within our school building. Here are some pieces of feedback I want you to know about:
We practice three kinds of safety drills outside of Fire and Earthquake. They are:
Athletes from the Portland Interscholastic League won Class 6A state championships in track and field and golf last week, led by a Benson High School sophomore who took two titles with record performances.
Ockley Green Middle School showed off some teamwork at the
56th Annual St. John’s Parade. Ockley Green was one of seven PPS
schools that had an entry in the parade (joining Bridlemile Elementary, Faubion
K-8, George Middle, Franklin and Lincoln highs and Metropolitan Learning
Center), but was the only school to feature its band and dance team performing
together. The two teams combined on “Celebration” and the James Bond theme
Last week, 31 students who are about to graduate from PPS high schools were honored in the Golden Minds ceremony, which honors the district’s top Asian and Pacific Islander seniors. The ceremony, held at the district office, recognized students for academic achievement, community service and overcoming daily challenges.
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 3rd Gr. Portland Play Performance
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM 2nd Grade - Audubon Society
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Young Gifted and Black award ceremony
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM 3rd Gr - Jet Boats
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Art & Curriculum Night
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Art Walk
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Board Teaching and Learning Committee meeting
If your child will be absent from school, please call the attendance hotline: 503-916-6168.